Right of the Weakest (2006)




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French helmer Lucas Belvaux's The Right of the Weakest - a stark kitchen sink drama with occasional and unpredictable flashes of humor - meditates on the question of when to resign oneself to a sad fate and when to buck the system, even if it means risking everything. This ensemble piece observes the perpetually flagging fortunes of several male steelworkers in a French industrial community whose one bright spot is a regular weekly card game. The men exist at varying levels of despair, but all are losers. They include: Jean Pierre (Patrick Descamps), a wheelchair-bound sad sack who must be carried to the card game; Robert, who lives in the same tenement and exhibits a propensity for waking up at odd hours and drinking himself into a stupor; and Marc (Lucas Belvaux), an assembly line worker at a beer factory whose job involves untangling bottles. Patrick (Eric Caravaca) qualifies as the most impressive of the group (which isn't saying much) - a househusband and college graduate, married and with a son, but one whose economic status sinks rapidly when his wife loses her only means of transportation to work. Ultimately, the men put their heads together and devise a wild method of escaping from the doldrums - which, though improbable, just might be crazy enough to work. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Right of the Weakest

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Consistently engaging account of decent folks scraping by in a former steel town builds suspense with a keen eye and a sharp ear for the pride of workers who no longer have work.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Top Critic

A misguided blasphemy of "Bicycle Thief," downloaded through film-noir affectations, this Competition Entrant is morally specious and narratively nonsensical.

May 25, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The film, in the end, as solidly good as it is, rings a bit hollow, feels a little pointlessly bleak. The last sparks of the steel furnace where Robert and Jean-Pierre used to work have faded, and all that's left is for life to grind itself down.

Full Review… | March 1, 2008
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The downbeat mood convinces. What might have been tedious becomes an involving and nail-biting thriller.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Financial Times

Dour and schematic drama about disenfranchised factory workers.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Underwhelming heist film in which a likable group of unemployed Belgian steel workers plot an armed robbery over their daily card game.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007

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